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Blue Caryatid - Recto c.1912
Blue crayon, 17 ¼ x 10 ½ inches; 43.8 x 26.6 cms
Provenance: Dr Paul Alexandre, Paris, to whom it was given by Modigliani.
By descent to the present owner.
Reproduced: Full page, The Unknown Modigliani, Noël Alexandre, Recto - Page 373, [No. 358]
Fonds Mercator, 1993.
The above book, written by Paul Alexandre’s youngest son Noël, is dedicated:
To my friend Richard Nathanson whose enthusiasm and artistic sensibility have encouraged me
to publish this account.
Exhibited: Modigliani Drawings from The Collection of Paul Alexandre at:
Venice, Palazzo Grassi, September 1993 - January 1994.
Tokyo, Ueno Royal Museum, October - December 1994.
Montréal, Museum of Fine Art, February - April 1996.
Rouen, Musée des Beaux Arts, July - October 1996.
St Tropez, Musée L’Annonciade, Modigliani, July - October 2010.
Of the 448 drawings reproduced in The Unknown Modigliani, only eight female nudes are drawn in blue crayon. Blue Caryatid with its pure and delicate line is one of the most beautiful.
1912-13 Museum of Modern Art, New York
This drawing relates to Modigliani’s massive, lyrical Caryatid sculpture above – his only crouching Caryatid sculpture. In its sensuality, rounded form and physiognomy, Blue Caryatid anticipates remarkably the 1917 Nude reproduced below.
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